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  1. Those who practice Chinese brush-painting are very familiar with the blooms of the lotus, peony, and plum blossom. These flowers are common in instructional brush painting books because of their special symbolism in Chinese culture. In Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, artists will have the opportunity to explore a more diverse range of blooms with the expert guidance of award-winning artist and instructor Joan Lok. Starting with the basics of materials, brushwork, and the five Chinese brush-painting methods, then moving into paint consistency, creating blends of colour, and understanding flower anatomy, Lok will guide and inspire the artist to paint any flower in the garden with skill and confidence. Thirty six projects include:SunflowerDay LilyRoseMorning GloryStargazer Lily, and many othersEach flower includes specific technical emphasis, a suggested palette of colours, and illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers is a down-to-earth and accessible teaching guide for all levels of artist, from beginner up. More than 250 full-colour illustrations throughout.
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  2. Clear, challenging and inspiring, this book contains instructions for 65 abstract paintings that you can get to work on straightaway, with no previous experience.All the basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design is provided at the start of the book, together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting, and its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity. Rather than providing step-by-step instructions, each of the exercises consists of information on method, materials, technique, composition, imagery and structure which will direct you to the finished piece while at the same time allowing your creativity to flow.About the AuthorRolina van Vliet has studied at the Academy of Physical Education in Groningen, the teacher training department of Amsterdam College, and the fine arts department at the Free Academy in The Hague. She now teaches at various centres for artistic training, and has developed a new method of painting based on abstract painting. Her work varies from abstract expressionism to lyrical abstract painting, with the emphasis on spontaneity and dynamics, and with a clear preference for total abstraction. She regularly exhibits her work, has written articles for art magazines and runs workshops and courses on abstract art.
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  3. This is the first in a brand-new series, each focusing closely on a specific faux finish. Whisper Painting is a popular style that’s soft, subtle, and easy to do, and with these ample photos as a guide, anyone can give plain walls, furniture, and home accessories beautifully understated decorative finishes. The projects showcase 30 different techniques, and cover tracing, decoupaging, ragging, and dragging, dimensional paint; antique a brand-new mirror so that it looks like a Renaissance work of art; and reproduce an aged stone wall. Introductory sections provide paint and color basics, and each project is rated according to difficulty.
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  5. The second in this series following the success of Little Ways to Learn Watercolour, this unique book works as a course in watercolour painting, built up subject by subject, over 50 paintings. Starting off painting subjects that are important to you, you then move on to exploring your immediate environment. By the end of the book, your pictures will start to tell your own story and give you the confidence to continue painting and discovering watercolour's myriad possibilities.Techniques are introduced throughout the painting projects, from using a simple colour wash to learning about ink techniques or letting go with loose, free watercolours. At the same time, concepts such as properties of light (vital for watercolourists) are explained to give a solid foundation on which to work. So if you are a fresh to the world of watercolour, and daunted by a big blank piece of watercolour paper, this is the book for you.
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  6. Whether you're training for a marathon, a half-marathon, an ultra-distance event or just looking to improve your parkrun time, what you eat makes all the difference. This is the ultimate nutrition guide and cookbook for runners, packed with easy, delicious recipes and practical eating advice on how to prepare for 5k, 10k, half-marathons, marathons and ultra-races. Find out what to eat before, during and after your running sessions to get the most out of your training, with additional guidance on hydration, supplements and how to optimise recovery from injury. Enjoy more than 100 easy-to-prepare recipes – including breakfasts, salads, main meals, vegetarian main meals, desserts and snacks – all nutritionally balanced to help you go the extra mile and achieve your running goals.About the AuthorAnita Bean is an award-winning registered nutritionist, health writer, internationally published author and champion athlete. She specialises in sport and exercise nutrition and is passionate about helping runners improve their performance in training and competition through her writing and talks. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition, The Vegetarian Athlete's Cookbook, Food for Fitness and Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes, among other titles.
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  7. Indian Runner Ducks are often referred to as the “penguin duck” for a very good reason indeed — they stand up and they run unlike any other duck you will ever see. To watch a group of these creatures running will make you laugh as they can be a funny bunch. With their amazing, unique personalities they can provide hours of endless fun and fascination for everyone. They really do have a way of bringing a certain calm and ‘otherness’ that is almost unexplainable. While the idea of having a runner duck can seem very interesting, you must remember that runner ducks do become extremely attached to their human caregivers and it is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly because it is truly is a lifelong commitment. This book takes you through all the essentials of having a runner duck at home. This book will inform you about the right breeding and keeping conditions to ensure that you have a healthy flock in your backyard. There are also several health considerations with ducks that I have discussed in detail in this book. My ducks make me laugh, every day. They are so funny, the way they walk and behave. I hope yours will make you laugh too! Topics covered: - The basics - Diet - Training - Pros and cons - Buying - Housing - Feeding - Interacting - Breeding - Eggs - Health ....and much more
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  8. A New York Times Best Seller!Men's Journal Health Book of the YearIn Unbreakable Runner, CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie and journalist T.J. Murphy examine long-held beliefs about how to train, tearing down those traditions to reveal new principles for a lifetime of healthy, powerful running.Unbreakable Runner challenges conventional training tenets such as high mileage and high-carb diets to show how reduced mileage and high-intensity training can make runners stronger, more durable athletes and prepare them for races of any distance.Distance runners who want to invigorate their training, solve injuries, or break through a performance plateau can gain power and resilience from MacKenzie's effective blend of run training and whole-body strength and conditioning.CrossFitters who want to conquer a marathon, half-marathon, or ultramarathon will find endurance training instruction with 8- to 12-week programs that combine CrossFitTM workouts with run-specific sessions.Unbreakable Runner includes CrossFit-based training programs for race distances from 5K to ultramarathon for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners. Build a better running body with this CrossFit Endurance-based approach to running training.
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  9. The perfect antidote to his 'Black Dog', a depression that blighted his working life, Churchill took to painting with gusto. Picking up a paintbrush for the first time at the age of forty, Winston Churchill found in painting a passion that was to remain his constant companion. This glorious essay exudes his compulsion for a hobby that allowed him peace during his dark days, and richly rewarded a nation with a treasure trove of work.
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  10. Paint by Sticker: Music Icons is an activity book for crafters and music fans of all ages. The book includes everything you need to create 12 iconic, full-colour portraits of the world's most legendary musicians. Rendered in 'low-poly,' a computer graphics style using geometric polygon shapes to create a 3D effect, you've never seen these stars like this before! Each template is divided into hundreds of spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Add the next, and the next, and the next – it’s an activity that’s utterly absorbing, both in the mindful pleasure of peeling and sticking and the growing satisfaction of watching a painting come to life, emerging from a flat black-and-white illustration to a dazzling image with colour, body, spirit. Musicians include David Bowie, The Beatles, Prince, Elvis, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Cher, and other legendary stars.
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  11. The quick-start guide to great results! Oil painting doesn’t have to be rocket science, although some books on the subject make it seem that way. Filled with encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction, Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting andhappy results. Focusing on the needs of the first-time painter, this book covers everything from selecting brushes and setting up your palette to key principles of color and composition, presented in a way that moves you confidently from first strokes to finished paintings.Mini demonstrations break down fundamental painting techniques in a clear, common sense way12 step-by-step painting projects progress from simple landscapes, still life and flower paintings to more challenging subjects, such as animals, seascapes and portraitsThe bonus DVD-workshop features the author creating two paintings from start to finishYou’ll learn tricks for keeping the greens in your landscapes looking fresh, advantages to working with water-soluble oil paints, simple tips for dynamic compositions and other expert advice to make your introduction to oil painting the beginning of a beautiful friendship.About the AuthorsMark and Mary Willenbrink are also authors of the best-selling Drawing for the Absolute Beginner and Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. Mark is a fine artist, commercial artist and freelance illustrator. He teaches and is a contributor to Watercolor Artist.
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  12. This is a project-based book on painting with oils for beginners. Working your way through the 11 original projects you will practise a variety of painting techniques; subjects include spring flowers, a still life in blue and white, a delightful cat, and sky over the countryside. It is an expert and accessible text with over 185 detailed photographs clearly showing how to create each painting. It offers guidance on techniques and materials, including using paints, diluents and mediums; paint brushes and palettes; canvas, board and paper supports; and painting accessories. The simple projects encompass the infinite range of textures and effects that oil painting allows. This is a practical, easy-to-follow guidebook to the different techniques involved in oil painting, with over 80 pages of original projects designed for the novice. Practical, easy-to-follow text and step-by-step photographs clearly show the creation of each picture and offer expert guidance on the different techniques and materials required to produce each one.While many beginners see this medium as intimidating, you'll discover that it's an easy way of painting that can be manipulated freely and extensively to create an infinite range of textures and effects. You can try painting both lively scenes and still life, including children playing in water and autumn trees waving their branches in the wind. With helpful hints throughout and inspirational paintings on every page, this book is as indispensable as paints, brushes, and canvas in every artist's studio.About the AuthorAngela Gair studied Fine Art in England and then spent several years painting and teaching in Italy, Spain and France. Angela is a writer and editor as well as a painter, and she has written a number of practical books on drawing and painting.
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  13. Renowned embroiderer Trish Burr passes her creative secrets on to stitchers--especially beginners--who want to take their needle painting skills to the next level. In 15 projects organized in three levels, from novice to intermediate, Trish provides expert, easy-to-follow guidance on techniques for surface stitching that provide subtle shadings and a soft, paintlike blending of colors. Sections on materials, the long and short stitch, and helpful practice motifs lead to gorgeous projects like Burgundy Rosebuds, a Wild Pansy, and a Racquet-tailed Roller. About the AuthorTrish Burr is the author of the highly successful and beautiful books "Redoute's Finest Flowers in Embroidery" (2002), "Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers" (2006), and "Crewel & Surface Embroidery-Inspirational Floral Designs" (2008), all published by Sally Milner Publishing.
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  14. Top-selling Colored Pencil Painting Bible author Alyona Nickelsen applies her expert instruction in colored pencil painting to the ever-popular portrait genre—teaching beginner and intermediate artists how to create lifelike and personal works.Colored pencil painter Alyona Nickelsen reveals how to use the medium to push the limits of realistic portraiture. Colored Pencil Painting Portraits provides straightforward solutions to the problems that artists face in creating lifelike images, and will prime readers on the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. In this truly comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step demonstrations, Nickelsen considers working from photo references versus live models; provides guidance on posing and lighting, as well as planning and composing a work; discusses tools, materials, and revolutionary layering techniques; and offers lessons on capturing gesture and expression and on rendering facial and body features of people of all age groups and skin tones.About the AuthorALYONA NICKELSEN is a contributing writer for Colored Pencil magazine and the author of Colored Pencil Painting Bible. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, and American Art Collector. Nickelsen’s paintings have been exhibited and won awards in prestigious national and international juried shows, such as Salmagundi Club, the American Artist Professional League, Audubon Artists, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She is the creator and instructor of the Colored Pencil Painting Learning Center hosted on her website, www.brushandpencil.com.
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  15. Paint by Sticker is the most exciting new idea in activity books, both for grown-ups and kids. A compelling activity for crafters and artists, doodlers and colorers of all ages, each Paint by Sticker book includes everything you need to create twelve vibrant, full-color “paintings.” The original images are rendered in low-poly, a computer graphics style using geometric polygon shapes to create a 3D effect. As in paint-by-number, each template is divided into dozens of spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Add the next, and the next, and the next—it’s an activity that’s utterly absorbing, both in the pleasure of peeling and sticking and the growing satisfaction of watching a “painting” come to life, emerging from a flat black-and-white illustration to a dazzling image with color, body, and spirit.Paint by Sticker: Birds celebrates the rainbow of colors and shapes of the avian world: a red-headed woodpecker, a blue jay, an orange and black Baltimore oriole, an electric bright hummingbird.About the AuthorWorkman Publishing Company has been producing award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting guides, and children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books, since 1968. From our What to Expect® pregnancy and parenting series and Page-A-Day® Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® and Brain Quest® children's products, our wide range of high-quality non-fiction titles and products inspire, educate, and entertain readers around the globe.
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  16. Readers will love discovering dozens of exciting and colorful new ideas for painting on anything in their closet or home that is made out of fabric. Donna's quick and easy decorative designs encourage painters of all skill levels to add color, personality and style to their clothing and home accessories. She adds elegance and boldness to turn plain denim jeans into an eye-catching fashion statement and personalizes home decor items like tablecloths and silk throw pillows, accessories, handbags and more. Over 40 different designs are demonstrated step-by-step using Donna's easy and ever popular one-stroke technique.
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  17. So many people find choosing colours that work together to be the most challenging part of doing up their homes. The trick to putting together rooms that are good to look at as well as easy to live in is to start with a colour palette that suits you and your situation. Tricia Guild has spent her life working with colour, pattern and texture to create beautiful rooms and producing collections of paint, fabric and wallpapers – the colour palettes she uses to achieve them. In this inspiring and practical book she’s lifted the lid on her ‘paint box’, providing visual inspiration, expert advice and 45 bespoke palettes. Each story describes its inspiration and features a room showing how it can be used. Hints and tips – such as how to use plains, patterns and texture, or how to alter the balance of the colours – spell out how to create different effects. Mood boards demonstrate how to ensure your chosen palettes will work. With all these elements at your disposal all you need to do is open up the Paint Box and get creative!About the AuthorTricia Guild OBE founded Designers Guild in 1970. The company is a leading name in interior design throughout the world, achieving international recognition and winning countless awards for its collections of contemporary fabrics, wallpapers, paints, accessories and home furnishings. Tricia has sat on the Crafts Council and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art. She has produced 14 books which have been translated into 12 different languages. She lives in West London and Italy with her husband.
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  18. This complete beginner's guide to painting flowers in watercolour is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. Each of the 35 quick and easy exercises takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, and will teach you how to paint flowers of different shapes, colours and families - lilies, orchids and hellebores amongst others - or learn a key technique such as masking out, working wet in wet and colour-mixing. The exercises are all worked at postcard size - ideal for a 6 x 4in (A6) watercolour pad, and tracings are included for each study. The book is broken down into five chapters that focus, respectively, on working with watercolour, watercolour techniques, colour and tone, form and detail, and finally flowers in context. The final section of the book contains three complete paintings that demonstrate how to combine all the techniques and elements of painting flowers, as learned from the preceding chapters. These paintings, too, are accompanied by actual-size tracings.About the AuthorAnn is a professional watercolour artist and tutor. She started her working life as a French teacher having gained a degree in European Studies at UEA and a PGCE from Southampton University. She had always had a passion for drawing and painting and in 1990, with her children in Secondary school, she took up a study of watercolour painting and was soon selling her work and designs for greetings cards and mug wraps. She became a member of the Society of Floral Painters with whom she exhibited annually. Ann has demonstrated for art societies around the country, has held workshops in her garden studio at home and run painting holidays. She regularly designs greetings cards for Medici cards. Ann has written several articles for Leisure Painter and in 2014 produced a watercolour techniques video. She now continues to share her skills with watercolour demonstrations on her website blog, on social media and YouTube. Ann's love of painting has always gone hand in hand with a love
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  19. With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world’s most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colours and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colourful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cosy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colour-washing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stencilling and glazing. There are even instructions for dyeing fabric using paint. As well as painting furniture, the projects range from a staircase painted in a rainbow of colours to stencilled walls, transforming floors with a coat of paint to dyeing linen curtains and even painting a vintage chandelier. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.
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  20. Claim the beauty of your unique, authentic expression. Break free of your comfort zone, sharpen your senses to perceive the world around you and find happiness in play. On this painterly journey, Tracy Verdugo leads you from self-doubt to self-appreciation by helping you find your voice through a myriad of vibrantly-hued mark making, painting and self-reflection techniques. There are no mistakes here, only opportunities to learn and grow. Learn the language of your own sacred marks by painting with personal symbology. Discover the inspiration that exists around you, in your home, your community, the present moment. 19 step-by-step exercises use popular mixed media materials such as pastels, acrylic paints, inks and more! See how to use art making to plant creative seeds and cultivate your wildest dreams. Turn on your Paint Mojo and make an awesome, shiny, perfectly imperfect mark of you.
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